Eldred House

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The 23-room James J. Eldred House was completed in 1861, and was the setting for some sad events. All three Eldred daughters died of tuberculosis here: Alma, 4, in 1861; Alice, 17, in 1870; and Eva, 17, in 1876. A traveling salesman is said to have passed away here as well, and was buried behind the house. The hauntings are believed to stem from the home’s tragic past; the house has been featured on local and national ghost programs, including BIO Channel’s My Ghost Story.

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    Geographic Information

    39.307829, -90.548598
    United States

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    39.30787901178058, -90.5485008359392
    Greene County, Illinois
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    1. I have been to the place many times with friends as we travel to Alton, IL on the great river road! It’s never open but it looks very inviting. The most scariest part of being at the Eldred House is the wild dogs that surround the place. They come from the bluffs with angry teeth with heartless personalities.

      • Im not even sure if were talking about the same place. The place im tLking about is on a country road outside virden. My cousin said it used to be a bed in breakfast back in the 2800s

      • I’ve been their to the elderd house i have been trying to find a way to do a private ghost hunt their but haven’t had any luck yet finding out how to arange it

    2. Is the house right outside virden in the country? Did it used to be an old bed and btrakfast? Are the following pictures this place? If so ive been outside the house but i have 3 cousins that have been in the house. They know more history on tbe place and past events.

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